May 10, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

The minister has spoken positively with regard to there being no law in the province of Ontario fixing a standard weight for a bag of potatoes. I do know, however, that in the city of Kingston potatoes are marketed by the bag, and a bag is supposed to contain a bushel and a half, and to weigh 90 pounds. The market clerk has the right, and has exercised the right, of seizing from the farmers any bags which are supposed to be short of weight, weighing them, confiscating them, and bringing the farmer before the magistrate and having him fined. Now, if there is no law in the province of Ontario fixing the standard weight at 90 pounds, it seems strange that the market clerk should exercise that authority. It may be possible that the general statute gives to municipal corporations the right to pass bv-laws governing the weight of potatoes sold in their respective markets. I have always understood that the weight is governed by a general provincial law; the minister says that is not the case.

Topic:   INSPECTION AND SALE ACT AMENDMENT.
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